MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski called for a ban on interviews of some of President Donald Trump’s chief surrogates because they lie so much.
The “Morning Joe” co-hosts said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani lacked credibility, and interviewing them was a waste of time.
“Do we interview Sarah Huckabee Sanders?” Brzezinski said. “Do we put her on the air at this point? What happens to briefings, if they ever come back? Where do we go with a situation like this?”
Jonathan Lemire, White House correspondent for the Associated Press, said previous press secretaries have shaded the truth to benefit the president they served, but he said the Sanders situation was substantially different.
“We didn’t see the outright falsehoods and outright lies,” Lemire said. “Not just the media, but the American public is to rely on the White House normally as an authority of truth where you can believe and trust in your government. I do think it creates a tricky situation going forward. It’s the same with Kellyanne Conway, where she’s gone on television and given falsehoods and does she deserve air time. We would look to have her come back to the podium and be able to ask her questions.”
Brzezinski said she won’t interview Conway, because she’d long ago given away her credibility.
“That’s why we don’t have Kellyanne on, because it’s literally 20 minutes of lies,” she said.
Scarborough said other Trump representatives had the same problem.
“I was watching Rudy Giuliani this weekend,” he said. “I don’t understand why anybody would have Sarah Sanders on if they know she’s going to lie, and Kellyanne Conway, if they know they’re going to lie.”
“This isn’t opinion, it isn’t subjective, it is objective,” Scarborough added. “You can stack their words up against words they’ve used in the past and they just lie, and they do it if they would like to get angry about that, we’d be glad to run clips all day tomorrow showing their lies. But the same thing with Rudy Giuliani, the host was asking him things and he was saying things that were objectively false.”
Republicans planted a time bomb in their tax cut bill that will actually raise most people’s taxes: economist
On Saturday, writing for The New York Times, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz warned that many people's taxes are about to go up.
But it's not because Joe Biden's campaign plan raises taxes, as President Donald Trump has repeatedly and falsely claimed. It's because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — the controversial tax cut bill passed by Republicans on a party-line vote in 2017 — has a provision that will start slowly raising taxes next year. And ultimately, Stiglitz warned, many low and middle income people will actually pay more than they did before the bill passed in the first place.
REVEALED: Far-right extremists are circulating plans to lock down Arizona streets if Trump is re-elected
On Saturday, The Arizona Republic reported that far-right paramilitary groups are circulating plans to lock down neighborhoods in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area in the event that President Donald Trump is re-elected, supposedly to police left-wing protesters.
"In Arizona, the head of the Prescott-area chapter of the Oath Keepers group, which recruits military and law enforcement officers, has warned residents to be prepared to protect their neighborhoods from feared extreme left-wing protesters who would be upset should President Donald Trump be re-elected," reported Richard Ruelas. "Part of that the pro-Trump group'splan involved closing streets and assigning monitors to control access, according to a planning document shared with The Republic."
Conservatives are hopping mad that their clumsy Hunter Biden smear is a flop
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.
In 2016, Steve Bannon did an amazing job rolling out the Clinton Foundation nontroversy. He gave The New York Times and CNN early access to Peter Schweizer's book, Clinton Cash, and the outlets gave it mainstream credibility. Later, when the Uranium One story was thoroughly debunked, it didn't matter. The foundation remained under a pall of fuzzy suspicions.